Tottenham player ratings vs Burnley as Van de Ven scores winner with Romero and Maddison on form

Micky van de Ven celebrates after scoring for Tottenham against Burnley
Micky van de Ven celebrates after scoring for Tottenham against Burnley -Credit:Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Tottenham ended their recent struggles with a 2-1 victory against Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Ange Postecoglou made two changes to his Tottenham side to face the Clarets, knowing that with three matches remaining of their campaign they still held a chance of qualifying for Champions League football. However, to do so they needed to take maximum points from their final three fixtures against Burnley, Manchester City and Sheffield United and hope that Aston Villa do not get more than a single point from their remaining two games at home against Liverpool and away at Crystal Palace.

Vincent Kompany's Burnley were battling for their Premier League survival, knowing that they had to win all of their remaining games and hope results elsewhere fell in their favour.

Richarlison, who grabbed a goal and assist at Liverpool, missed out with a calf injury but James Maddison came back into the line-up and at left-back Oliver Skipp got his chance after impressing against Liverpool and working with Postecoglou and the coaching staff on the role in recent weeks.

Burnley took the lead midway through the first half. Jacob Bruun Larsen latched on to a ball through the middle and slotted home after Pape Matar Sarr, Brennan Johnson and Pedro Porro all failed to stop Sander Berge in the build-up.

Porro made up for that when he levelled the game with a rasping shot past Arijanet Muric after interchanging passes with Johnson.

The next goal did not arrive until the 86th minute when Micky van de Ven, now at left-back, cut inside off the flank and rolled a shot inside the left-hand post to claim the winning goal in front of the bouyant south stand.

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Here are our Spurs player ratings from the game:

Guglielmo Vicario

Made an early point blank save from Vitinho's header. Couldn't get near Larsen's goal but didn't have too much to do from then on, other than claim some comfortable shots. 6

Pedro Porro

Nowhere near Vitinho for the Burnley man's early chance. One of those who let Berge wander past in the build-up to Burnley's first half goal. However, he made up for that with a powerful shot past Muric to level the scores. Had another chance in the second half but sliced wide. 7

Cristian Romero

Made an important header after that early Vitinho header was saved. Heavily involved at both ends again and almost teed up Scarlett for a second half effort. Forced a save from Muric with a header from a set piece. 8

Micky van de Ven

Imperious at the back in mopping up and then when he switched to left-back he motored up and down the flank before cutting inside and slotting a lovely finish past the goalkeeper. 9

Oliver Skipp

In his makeshift role at left-back and he had plenty of work to do. Couldn't get back in time for Larsen's goal. A mixed bag from him with some good battling moments but also he hasn't got the recovery pace that someone like Udogie has to get back into position from the inverted role so balls over the top were a danger. 6

Pape Matar Sarr

Sluggish for Burnley's first half goal and looked like he picked up a knock in that move. Improved though as the game and his mobility was an asset in the second half. 6

Yves Bissouma

Postecoglou said he was outstanding at Anfield and the midfielder was good for much of this encounter, a couple of sloppy passes aside, before coming off on 75 minutes. 7

James Maddison

Back in the team and sent an early deflected effort over the bar. Dipped a bit in the rest of the first half but was excellent for much of the second period. 8

Brennan Johnson

Had a volley saved by Muric early on. Another who let Berge wander through but he will get an assist for his part in Porro's goal soon after. A busy display even if it didn't have the end product for most of it. 6

Son Heung-min

Set up a couple of chances for others with some good play but struggled to carve out much for himself and the service into him wasn't great. 6

Dejan Kulusevski

Set up Johnson for an early chance and was busy around the pitch with a shot saved by Muric but his final ball was lacking and he lost the ball a couple of times in good positions. 6


Radu Dragusin

A tidy display after coming on and made one important late tackle. 6

Rodrigo Bentancur

Added some bite to the midfield and forward movement. 6

Dane Scarlett

A busy little cameo and his little movement helped Van de Ven find space through the middle to score. 6

Giovani Lo Celso

Came on late in the game for the final eight minutes or so. N/A

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Came on with Lo Celso for the final minutes. N/A

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